Last week at the Council’s Executive meeting, the Labour run administration agreed to get officers to develop and publicly consult on a new mixed use development on the Council owned section of land in this area, which will also include the provision of a new market square. The council’s intention is to secure planning permission and seek a developer partner to develop the site.
Over the last 10 years ago, there have been quite a few plans coming forward from the main landowner in this area, Catalyst, but due to unforeseen circumstances, issues such as the way housing partners need to fund schemes, etc, it has been difficult to get these plans going.
Church End is identified as one of the five borough Growth Areas and as a Priority Neighbourhood in the Council’s Regeneration Strategy.
This decision means we are looking at options to kick start the regeneration of the Church End local centre by developing proposals to bring forward a more rationalised development on the Council owned land within the car-park.
Although the proposals would deliver fewer homes than a comprehensive redevelopment of the area the scheme would still involve the provision of a new public square which would provide a permanent home for the Church End market. The new market square will be designed to be publicly accessible to all.
No doubt there will be scepticism as many plans have emerged over the last ten years, but I am personally committed to do what I can to drive this forward.
To see the decision document, click on the LINK